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Ethical Calculus  
  Mathematics used to determine positive social conduct.  

"Throughout the history of mankind, philosophers have grappled with the question: ‘How shall we then live?’ Ethical Calculus lays down mathematical principles uncovered by Social Psych to address this question, essentially providing calculations and functions that determine appropriate human behavior."
Technovelgy from Alpha Centauri, by Sid Meier.
Published by Fraxis Games in 1999
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Reminiscent of Asimov's psychohistory (from his Foundation series), although the two have different purposes. Psychohistory predicts the future based on trends; Ethical Calculus finds out the best conduct for a society.

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